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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
"Bottled with approximately 1/3rd less Carbon Dioxide than most beers. This results in a fresher more natural tasting beer. Combines Hallertau Hersbrücker with Challenger. Late hopped with Styrian Goldings, which gives a sharpness like the twist of a lemon."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
Huge offwhite creamy head shrinks quickly towards a copper body. Complex, harmonic aroma of floral hops, honey, rubber, and wet paper. It’s good, but there is some not so good mixed in. Taste is deep, flowery honey, with smoky, citric notes, and touches of paper. Aftertaste is dry papery malts. Slightly lacking in body. Not at all bad. (0.5l bottle.)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle, in honor of that Scotish Socialist, reid. Long live Socialism, that most successful of the various forms of government. Pours a nice witish yellow-orange with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is straight-up lemon with hints of rose. Flavor is a floral lemon flavor with bits of thistle, or at least a flavor that reminds me of what a thistle would taste like if I had ever tasted one. Mouthfeel is full. Nice beer; a definite repeat as well as a mouth-puckerer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Looks decievingly like a standard lager, then it reaches out and gives a real punch. Hops, hops, hops, grassy, flowery and bitter (and twisted). Try it if you can find it!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 4, 2006
500ml bottle, courtesy of my wife. Clear light gold with a dense white head - a pretty pour. Nose is a bit grassy, a bit grainy, with a mild citrus hop presence. Light palate, flavor is pleasantly hoppy citrus (lemon?), some grass/grain. Finish is similar to the flavor, with the bitter hop flavor in the fore. A syep up from a lawnmower beer - maybe a grill operator beer?

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2006
De couleur blonde. Très claire et peu effervesente. Un léger collet colle au verre tout au long de la dégustation. Arome de houblon épicé et de malt léger avec une touche saline. Gout léger de malt et de houblon terreux et épicé. Bonne amertume, mais n’est pas assez forte pour bien balancer le côté sucré de cette bière. C’est une bonne bière mais elle est bein meilleur en cask.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2006
(500 ml bottle brought over from England by a friend) Straw golden color, white head. Very hoppy scent, mixed with a bit of acid. Nice hoppy refreshing taste with a bitter after taste- Smooth mouth feel and high bitterness. A beer I can recommend, very nice!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mountainforest (130) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Trying way too hard for a balance of multiple flavors, which are only multiple and not balanced. Won’t buy it again. Love the company but not this beer. Too bitter, without depth.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2006
For being bottled with 1/3 less CO2, this sure pours with a big layer of head. Straw color with persistent, cream colored bubbles. Sort of a sweet, buttery aroma, with light warmed fruit. Think butter and jam on scone, touch of lemon. Something about the aroma is a little dissident though. I keep sniffing it, trying to figure it out. What do these smells mean? My inclination is that my nose is finding the German/British hopping combination a little odd. I get just a touch of cloves as well. Modest, but definitely present chewy hop flavor. A lemon cheesecake sort of sweetness. Enough body to make it satisfying. This didn’t quite feel like it came together for me, but it is distinctive, pretty clean, and enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours absolutely crystal clear. A Golden amber color with few tiny bubbles and a small but thick foamy white head. Aroma is bitter fresh citrus and a little grassy. Taste is very clean, fresh citrus (lemon, orange) with a little hint of spice and a bit of warmth to finish. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Golden clear amber with a small head that vanishes leaving little or no lacing. Not surprising in a beer that is low in alcohol and in body. Wonderfully hopped, spicy and bitter, with a long bitter finish. A wonderfully refreshing session beer.


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